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Delicious Baumkuchen Cakes

Nenrinya Bakery Haneda Airport, Tokyo Japan

Nenrinya Bakery Haneda Airport, Tokyo Japan

While traveling in Japan, I can’t help but stop and enjoy all the wonderful foods I come across.  My favorite foods are, of course all of the sweet desserts!

While I was in Tokyo Haneda Airport, I encountered this delicious, delicate baumkuchen cake at Nenrinya Bakery.

Nenrinya Bakery Haneda Airport, Tokyo, Japan Photo Credit: David Keisilng

Nenrinya Bakery Haneda Airport, Tokyo, Japan
Photo Credit: David Keisilng

The Japanese people have adopted this lovely German layer cake as one of their own favorite desserts.  Baked uniquely with each layer of the batter brushed on while rotating on a spit, each layer browned before adding another layer.

Baumkuchen, Nenrinya Bakery Photo Credit: David Keisling

Baumkuchen, Nenrinya Bakery Photo Credit: David Keisling

You can actually watch the cakes being made fresh in the window. Which is how I, discovered these lovely cakes.

Nenrinya Bakery Haneda Airport, Tokyo, Japan. Photo Credit: David Keisling

Nenrinya Bakery Haneda Airport, Tokyo, Japan.
Photo Credit: David Keisling

They even have sandwiches, where the buns are the cakes!

Hamburger baumkuchen Photo Credit: David Keisling

Baumkuchen sandwiches
Photo Credit: David Keisling

These cakes make great gifts to bring back home.

Baumkuchen Cakes makes great gifts Photo Credit: David Keisling

Baumkuchen Cakes makes great gifts
Photo Credit: David Keisling

You can find there bakery locations here:


Ota-ku, Tokyo Haneda Airport 3-4-2 Haneda Airport Terminal 2 in the starting gate number 51 boarding preoral
TEL 03-6428-8710
Hours 6:00 to 20:00

Ota-ku, Tokyo Haneda Airport 3-3-2 Haneda Airport Terminal 1 2F specialties sweets Museum                                                                                                                     TEL 03-575-7178                                                                                                          Hours 6:00 to 20:00

  

Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 1-9-1 JR Tokyo Station premises Yaesu central opening in the ticket                                                                                                       TEL 03-5293-4427 [rings home Customer Service Center: TEL 03-3316-2356]
Hours 6:30 to 21:30

Saitama Urawa-ku Higashitakasago cho 11-1 Daimaru Urawa Parco B1
TEL 048-615-6020
Hours 10:00 to 21:00

Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 5-chome, 6-15 seat STONE [The Stone] 1F
TEL 03-5537-3910
Seven days a week Hours [Mon-Sat] 10:30 to 20:00, [day and a public holiday] 10:30 to 19:00

Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 1-9-1 Daimaru Tokyo first floor
TEL 03-3212-8011 (dies)
Hours [Mon-Fri] 10:00 to 21:00, [Saturday, Sunday and public holidays] 10:00 to 20:00

Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Nishi-ku, Takashima 2-18-1 Sogo Yokohama underground second floor
TEL 045-465-2111 (dies)
Hours 10:00 to 20:00

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ja&u=http://nenrinya.jp/shop/index.html&prev=search

http://www.nenrinya.jp

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NHK’s 65th “Kohaku Uta Gassen”Red and White Song Battle

Get ready for another NHK annual New Year’s Eve music program “The 65th Kohaku Uta Gassen”. This years lineup will be hosted by Actress Yoshitaka Yuriko and popular group Arashi.

This year’s  “65th Kohaku Uta Gassen” program will feature a total of 51 artists. First-time appearances by HKT48, May J.(performing the popular song “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen.), Yakushimaru Hiroko, V6, SEKAI NO OWARI. In addition, TV anime ‘Youkai Watch’ and anime character ‘Jibanyan’, along with King Cream Soda and Dream5 will be performing on the show, but will not competing.

Ayumi Hamasaki, will not be performing for the first time in 15 years. She told fans on Twitter that she preferred to focus on projects she wants to do, rather that on what she feels obligated to do.

Who will win the 2014 competition? You have to watch to find out! So far, the red team (female) has won 29 times, and the white team (male) 35 times.

The show will broadcast in Hawaii

Thursday 1/1/15 on KIKU Station.

Airs: 5:00pm-10:00pm

Repeats: 1/2/15 11am-4pm

Please check your local listing for show time.  Heres a link to T.V. Japan on HD

This year’s artist list are: (In parenthesis are the number of times appeared.)

Red Team

Ayaka (7)
E-girls (2)
Ikimonogakari (7)
Ishikawa Sayuri (37)
AKB48 (7)
SKE48 (3)
HKT48 (debut)
NMB48 (2)
Kanda Sayaka (2)
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (3)
Kouzai Kaori (18)
Godai Natsuko (21)
Sakamoto Fuyumi (26)
Shiina Ringo (2)
Yoshimi Tendo (19)
Nakajima Miyuki (2)
Kana Nishino (5)
Perfume (7)
Ayako Fuji (20)
Seiko Matsuda (18)
Nana Mizuki (6)
Kaori Mizumori (12)
Miwa (2)
May J. (debut)
Momoiro Clover Z (3)
Yakushimaru Hiroko (debut)
Akiko Wada (38)

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White Team

Arashi (6)
Itsuki Hiroshi (44)
EXILE (10)
Kanjani8 (3)
Chris Hart (2)
Go Hiromi (27)
Golden Bomber (3)
Sandaime J Soul Brothers (3)
SMAP (22)
SEKAI NO OWARI (debut)
Sexy Zone (2)
T.M.Revolution (5)
TOKIO (21)
Hideaki Tokunaga (9)
AAA (5)
Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi (4)
Kiyoshi Hikawa (15)
V6 (debut)
Kohei Fukuda (2)
Fukuyama Masaharu (7)
Hosokawa Takashi (38)
Porno Graffitti (13)
Miwa Akihiro (3)
Shinichi Mori (47)

 

Source: http://www1.nhk.or.jp/kouhaku/artists/index.html

Ramen Heaven! Sapporo Ramen Kyowakoku (Republic)

Sapporo Ramen Kyowakoku Photo Credit: ionasiatrend.com

Sapporo Ramen Kyowakoku Photo Credit: ionasiatrend.com

Hands down Sapporo has the BEST Ramen EVER!!!  Hokkaido, the most Northern Island of Japan is famous for ramen.  Because it is very cold most of the year, ramen is very popular there. While visiting Sapporo recently, I bumped into a Ramen Village.  I was in Heaven!  These nostalgically themed ramen restaurants are located on the 10th floor of the Esta Shopping Center, Sapporo JR Station.  There are eight different nostalgic ramen restaurants that represents four different prefectures of Hokkaido.  Only the best of the best are here: Asahikawa, Hakodate, Kushiro and of course Sapporo.  When your all done you can even shop at the souvenir shop.

Sapporo Ramen Kyowakoku Photo Credit: ionasiatrend.com

Sapporo Ramen Kyowakoku Photo Credit: ionasiatrend.com

 

Sapporo Ramen Kyowakoku Photo Credit: ionasiatrend.com

Sapporo Ramen Kyowakoku Photo Credit: ionasiatrend.com

 

Sapporo Ramen Kyowakoku Photo Credit: ionasiatrend.com

Sapporo Ramen Kyowakoku Photo Credit: ionasiatrend.com

 

Check out this little video clip

http://www.sapporo-esta.jp/page/ramen/index_movie_01.html

 

Located on the 10th floor, in the Esta Sapporo JR Tower shopping mall, check out there site here.

 

 

 

You might also find this interesting: Kai Japanese Ramen in Honolulu, Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin Restaurant

 

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A Different View of Tokyo SkyTree

At the park Photo Credit: ionasiatrend.com

At the park
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A short distance walk from the famous Tokyo SkyTree, in a small park stood a line of people.  Wondering what they where doing, we noticed that they where waiting to take a picture in front of a huge convex mirror of a highway leading into the sky with a perfect backdrop of the SkyTree.

 

Tokyo SkyTree and highway to the heavens. Photo Credit : ionasiatrend.com

Tokyo SkyTree and highway to the heavens. Photo Credit : ionasiatrend.com

Tokyo SkyTower Photo Credit : ionasiatrend.com

Tokyo SkyTower Photo Credit : ionasiatrend.com

 

 

The Park is located approximately here.   I recommend taking your family here.  It doesn’t  matter if you have small kids, older kids or no kids.  It was a lot of fun at this park as you can see from the pictures we took.  The metal roller slide was awesome!

 

Tokyo SkyTree and highway to the heavens park. Photo Credit : ionasiatrend.com

Tokyo SkyTree and highway to the heavens park. Photo Credit : ionasiatrend.com

 

Park near Tokyo SkyTree . Photo Credit : ionasiatrend.com

Park near Tokyo SkyTree . Photo Credit : ionasiatrend.com

 

Park near the Tokyo SkyTree. This is the metal roller slide.  Photo Credit : ionasiatrend.com

Park near the Tokyo SkyTree. This is the metal roller slide. Photo Credit : ionasiatrend.com

Park near the Tokyo SkyTree  Photo Credit : ionasiatrend.com

Park near the Tokyo SkyTree.  Yes, thats me going down the slide. Photo Credit : ionasiatrend.com

 

 

You might also find this interesting Tokyo’s SkyTree.

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Datsumo Labo Japan’s Hair Removal Spa

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Datsumo Labo is Asia’s most popular hair removal spa.  Check out Japan’s website here.  This is Datsumo Labo website from Singapore.

We all wish to have that smooth baby soft skin, right?  Im very fortunate I don’t have too much unwanted hair.  But, for some, hair can grow thick and in places we wish not to have them.

There are many methods to remove hair.  Depending where the hairs are located you could tweeze, shave, wax or use depilatory creams.  But there are problems that come with these forms of hair removal.

 

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Why Datsumo Labo?

1. Painless hair removal treatment with the latest State-of-the-Art Technology.

2. Affordable they have many package deals that you can choose from.

3. Money back  guarantee

So, I had to try this out while I was in Japan.

I first visited Datsumo Labo in the Tokyo Area.  But, unfortunately they do not offer any walk-in’s.  You need to make an appointment, Datsumo Labo offers a fast and easy 40 seconds on-line booking.  Heres the link for Japan and heres the link for Singapore.

They were wonderful enough to get me an appointment in Sapporo.  My first appointment was a consultation and paper work. Everything is written in Japanese and they will not be able to translate anything for you.  I was lucky enough to have my mom there for me.  She read everything  and explained what I didn’t know.  I was disappointed that they did not honor “15% off by quoting a blogger’s name”  they didn’t even know any bloggers on the Singapore’s website.

Here are some areas that are popular to remove hair from.

 

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A few days later I came back for my procedure. I had my legs, under arms,  I line, V line and O lines done (Brazilian).  It was painless.  If you do get this procedure done they recommend that you do not go in the public bath house for at least 10 days.  So make sure you plan wisely since Japan has so many onsen and bath house.

Unfortunately there are no Datsumo Labo in America yet.  Im hoping someday they will decide to bring it here.

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Getting ready for my procedure

 

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Datsumo Labo

 

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Datsumo Labo in Sapporo is located in this building

 

 

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Check out Datsumo Labo Youtube Channel (Singapore)

https://www.youtube.com/user/datsumolabosg

 

 

 

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Video

Madonna Introduces Her New Skin Care Line In Japan. Watch it Now!

Madonna with MTG Beauty Company created her new line of skin care products.  MDNA consists of three products: Chrome Clay Mask, Skin Rejuvinator and The Serum, sold only in Japan. Unfortunately I didn’t see her products while in Japan. But you can at least see her commercial here.

The video in this post is not mine. Please see http://www.mdnaskin.jp/index.html for more information on this product.

http://www.mdnaskin.jp/product/index.html

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Mitsui Garden Hotel Shiodome Italia-Gai – Hotel Review

 

ImageArriving in Tokyo’s Homamatsucho Station we walked 8 minutes to our Mitsui Garden Hotel Shiodome Italia-Gai.  A cozy little hotel still under some renovations.

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You can see in the picture that the 1st two beds are pushed together and theres barely any room between the 2nd and 3rd beds. The Third bed was also against the wall.

Again, our room was one with 3 beds (please see my article on ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel).  One bed was large enough for me and my husband to sleep comfortably in.  We only used two beds, but had to pay for three beds.  Our room was very tight and terribly uncomfortable.  We also had a small table and chair that just got in the way in our room.  We had barely any room to walk  especially once our suitcases took the only area left in the room.

I can only speak about the room we were given, which was the last room down the hall (or the first, depends how you look at it).  It may have been the way that room was designed, but the ventilation in the room was terrible.  It was very humid after every shower, and the room had a slight musty smell every time we came back from our days adventure.  So we started to leave the window in our room opened while we were out for the day.  This made coming back to the room a little more pleasant smelling.

Not only was there still some construction in the hotel, but there was construction right out side the hotel as well.   While we did have a beautiful view of Tokyo Tower, there also was a huge construction crane in the way of our beautiful view.

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There was one restaurant in the hotel Italian Buffet and Cafe La Marea Unfortunately, the only time we wanted to eat there it was closed for renovation, but the day before we could smell the food and it did smell delicious.  Luckily, Lawson Station (Japanese convenience store) was right next to the hotel and we just got a lot of great food to eat there.

public-bath

Free for guest is the public bath or sento.  The night I went it was busy.  There are about seven shower stalls and a  large soaking tub.  The view while soaking was amazing.  Amenities at the public bath includes shampoo, conditioner, body soap, q-tips and hair dryer.  I did see one washer and dryer on the ladies side of the public bath.  It took ¥300 for the washer and ¥100 for the dryer.

Free internet for all guest.

My Review for the Mitsui Garden Shiodome Italia-Gai:

The convenient location earn this hotel a 3.0 star. Only a 8 minute walk from Hamamatsucho Station, 7 minute walk from Onarimon Station, 12 minute walk from JR Shimbashi Station, about 15 minute walk to the famous Ginza Shops and only 16 minutes from Hamamatsucho Station to Haneda Monorail.  Check out the access map.  While the food smelled delicious, it underwent construction the night we wanted to eat there.  The hotel had free internet access (we rented a mobile wifi so never needed to use the hotel wifi).  The public bath was small, but still a nice touch.  Construction across the street was noisy and the crane interfered with what could have been a nice view of the Tokyo Tower.  Room was cramped with three beds and had poor ventilation which made the room smell musty.  Would I stay here again?  No, I wouldn’t.

cool view of Tokyo Tower from our room at Mitsui Garden Hotel Shiodome Italia-Gai

cool view of Tokyo Tower from our room at Mitsui Garden Hotel Shiodome Italia-Gai

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Opening the window for fresh air in the room helped with the musty smell.

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Night view of Tokyo Tower at Mitsui Garden Shiodome Italia-Gai

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construction across the street from our hotel at Mitsui Garden Hotel Shiodome Itali-Gai

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George Clooney – Kirin Beer Commercial in Japan

This commercial is adorable, I saw it while visiting Japan March 2014.

 

The video in this post are not mine, but was uploaded from Lost in Translation

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ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Narita Airport – Hotel Review

 

Our Gianormous room

Our gianormous room at ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel, Narita Airport Photo Source: ionasiatrend.com

 

After arriving at Narita Airport, we were exhausted.  We stayed at ANA Crowne Plaze Hotel .  It was the largest hotel we stayed at during our trip.  In Japan when booking a hotel room, you will be charged per person per room.  Typically, American hotels charge by the room.  Japan usually has a limit on how many adults can stay in a room, commonly it is 2 adults per room (up to 2 children, ages can vary for each hotel).  This made booking a hotel for my family a little difficult.  I needed a room that accommodated 3 “adults”  (my son is 18) that was near impossible, not to mention prices jumped up tremendously if a hotel offered a room for 3 adults.  So we ended up with this gianormous room with three gianormous beds.  We only needed 2 beds.  But rules were rules.

Getting to the hotel from Narita Airport was a cinch.  Just hop on their complementary airport to hotel shuttle, about a 10 minute ride.  We waited at bus post 16 at Narita Airport Terminal 1.  There is also a bus pick up at Narita Airport Terminal 2, bus post 25.  Be sure to check the hotel for the times of hotel pickup and location for pick up. Schedules and pick up spots can often change.  We asked the airport information counter for the hotel bus pick up information.  Currently this is the ANA Crowne Plaza Narita Hotel  bus pick up schedule.

Hotel Bus ANA Crowne Plaza  Photo Source: ionasiatrend.com

Hotel Bus ANA Crowne Plaza
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Inside the hotel there is a convenient store, offering several sandwiches, onigiri, salads, curry dishes, many different drinks and snacks.

Convenient store inside ANA Crowne Hotel Narita picture source: ionasiatrend.com

Convenient store inside ANA Crowne Hotel Narita
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So cheap, but still so delicious! Photo Source: ionasiatrend.com

 

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Even fresh fruits Photo Source: ionasiatrend.com

Hotel Restaurants

Ceres
Location: First floor
Serves: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Restaurant Cafe

Saifu Sky Dining
Location: 17th floor
Serves: Dinner
Japanese and French fusion

Narita
Location: 17th floor
Serves: Dinner
Teppanyaki

 

We ate at the Ceres located on the first floor.

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My son had a burger at the Ceres restaurant. No rice came with the meal, you would have to order it separately. Photo Source: ionasiatrend.com

 

I had the salmon at Ceres Restaurant Photo Source: ionasiatrend.com

I had the salmon at Ceres
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During your stay you can enjoy and energize yourself in their fully equipped health club, take a few laps in the indoor pool, treat yourself to an invigorating spa treatment or simply enjoy a traditional japanese massage.  With their complimentary shuttle service to Narita Town you can explore the famous Narita-san Shinsoji Temple and beautiful pagodas.

Their double glazed windows make plane spotters enjoy the sky activity at Narita Airport without the noise.

Standard Internet service is free for all IHG® Rewards Club members
Wireless Internet are available in Rooms
There is a fee for Non Members but everyone can enjoy
free internet in the lobby

Thinking of getting married?  Here at the hotel they offer wedding coordinators and photography too.  Check out there site.

You can have a banquet or your next meeting right here too.  Check out there site.

Enjoy the complementary toiletries included in your the room everyday. Toothbrush, toothpaste, hair band, shower cap, Q-tips, disposable razors and shaving cream.

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Complimentary toiletries Photo Source: ionasiatrend.com

For more information on the hotel amenities, please check the hotel’s website here.

I’ve traveled to Tokyo several times, all of which after I landed, I would continue onward to Tokyo.  Despite the fact that Tokyo is about 35 miles from Narita Airport, it could take a few hours by public transportation.  So, this time I figured I wanted to relax and not stress on how to get to my hotel somewheres in Tokyo before dark.

How I Rated The Hotel

ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel was nice, nothing fancy.  I would give it 4 stars. The hotel was clean and the bed was amazingly comfortable, our room was huge.  Amenities are good, my only complaint was the fact we were forced to rent a 3 bed bedroom when we needed only 2 beds.  Each bed is large enough for 2 adults.  My husband and I shared a bed of course and my son used the other bed.  But, as I mentioned…. rules are rules, but its ridiculous the hotel used the fact 1 adult per bed just to charge more money.  We all had a great nights sleep and were up early to start our day heading towards Tokyo.  We would stay here again.

 

full size bed big enough for my husband and I Photo Source: ionasiatrend.com

Full size bed big enough for my husband and I
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Theres even a wedding coordinator and photography on site Photo Source: ionasiatrend.com

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You can also purchase handkerchief, underwear, undershirts, socks, boxers and even business dress shirts at the convenience store

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Some more miscellaneous items at the convenience store Photo Source: ionasiatrend.com

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You can see how big this room really was, theres one more bed and the hallway that I didn’t get in this shot Photo Source: ionasiatrend.com

 

ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Narita Photo Source: David Keisling

ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Narita Lobby Photo Source: David Keisling

This was posted in the room, yikes! Photo Source: ionasiatrend.com

This was posted in the room, yikes!
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Traveling to Japan

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For the past few weeks I’ve been planing a trip to Tokyo and Sapporo. One of the best airline ticket price finder I used was sky scanner. With sky scanner, you can set up air ticket price alerts to be sent to your email. You can even have them alert you if the ticket your looking for reaches a certain price you have in mind. You have the control when to be alerted.
If you haven’t been to Japan, just know Japan doesn’t offer free wifi everywhere. Renting a pocket wifi is the best and cheapest way to get convenient internet while vacationing there. This trip I rented a pocket wifi from Global Advanced Communications. When I was looking up companies that offered pocket wifi rentals, several companies came up. I’m always weary about giving information and sending payments to a company overseas. I can assure you that this company is legit. I took a chance and ordered my pocket wifi, I even had it sent to my hotel. Upon check-in my wifi was already here, super convenient. The two week rental cost me around ¥7,650 (about $76.50) this includes the prepaid envelope to send the pocket wifi back. I love it and glad I got it. Follow me around the next 14 days as I will be traveling around Tokyo and Sapporo.

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